Calling for our elected officials to divest from the police and invest in our black and brown communities — and how you can get involved.
Chattanooga DSA stands in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters to demand justice for the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and too many black people across the country and in Chattanooga at the hands of racist police. Not one more.
Nightly protests in our city have been consistent with what we’re seeing across the United States. These are peaceful demonstrations — cops are the ones escalating with unnecessary intimidation and force. They’re using weapons like tear gas on protesters exercising their first amendment rights. All while standing by when white people threaten our comrades with actual violence. Night after night, cops are proving our point: we’re safer without policing.
On the other hand, the protests illustrate the very essence of care, not cops. Street medics and marshalls look after participants’ wellbeing. Volunteers alternate pushing people in wheelchairs at the front of marches. And the conversation has shifted to bright visions of a community that solves the deeper problems crime stems from — through living wages, education and opportunity, and mental health resources.
You may have tuned in to the 7-hour city council meeting on Tuesday, where 146 people demanded that the city divest from the police budget, institute better safety protocols for police, and invest in black and brown communities. If you did, you know Chattanoogans are calling for real change and won’t stop until our demands are met. No justice, no peace.
With so much on the line, we can’t afford to lose momentum. Get involved today:
"This crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism ... I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals."
- Albert Einstein
May 1949 Monthly Review - "Why Socialism?"